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date: 03 March 2024

Daniel Defoe 1660–1731
English novelist and journalist 

  1. Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believed.
    History of the Devil (1726) bk. 2, ch. 6; see Franklin
  2. My man Friday.
    Robinson Crusoe (1719)
  3. In trouble to be troubled
    Is to have your trouble doubled.
    The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719)
  4. Nature has left this tincture in the blood,
    That all men would be tyrants if they could.
    The History of the Kentish Petition (1712–13) addenda, l. 11
  5. Fools out of favour grudge at knaves in place.
    The True-Born Englishman (1701) introduction, l. 7
  6. Wherever God erects a house of prayer,
    The Devil always builds a chapel there;
    And 'twill be found, upon examination,
    The latter has the largest congregation.
    The True-Born Englishman (1701) pt. 1, l. 1
  7. Your Roman-Saxon-Danish-Norman English.
    The True-Born Englishman (1701) pt. 1, l. 139